One major thing that stands out in this psalm besides the consistent mentions of God’s steadfast love, is the mentioning of God’s presence in the high kings lives AND those who are perceived as lowly in verses 4-6. The author of this psalm first mentions the kings and how they, no matter what they think about the Lord or where they stand with the Lord, will ultimately acknowledge and even sing of the glory of the Lord. This is not a text supporting universalism but instead showing that they will come in worship before the Lord, for most recognize that their is an authority above them that they are accountable to. If I can be honest, my finite mind cannot wrap around the idea of giving thanks to the one true God who is about to eternally judge them if they don’t know Christ, but I believe it’s somehow going to happen in that moment.
However, the author also mentions the other group of people who are in the opposite spectrum of living, when talking about the lowly in verse 6. Just like the high kings will recognize the Lord’s authority and power, the lowly will see how this great God regarded or cared for them. Again, this doesn’t mean they are automatically accepted into the kingdom but instead, as mentioned all through scripture, He shows more mercy and compassion for those who are lowly in spirit. (See article)
Whatever the case, let this be a reminder that whatever category you fall into or if you’re smack dab in the middle, you will meet your maker like everyone else, regarding Him as the one, true God and seeing His true glory.
The bigger concern here is: will you have Christ as your advocate? Because it’s through the Gospel that you can start to understand that steadfast love the author mentions several times here.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor